The Australian coach of the Indian men’s hockey team, Graham Reid, said Thursday that he was “honored” to be involved in the revival of the game in India after the team beat Germany to win the bronze medal. The playoffs are here. The 57-year-old won the silver medal for the Australian national team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. He took over as head coach of the Indian national team in 2019 and is obsessed with following a process and investing in youth to achieve results in the big stage. Olympic Games. “It’s a wonderful feeling, it came after the whole team made a lot of sacrifices,” Reid said, referring to the time players spend away from their families and, in some cases, fighting COVID19.
“It takes a long time for these athletes to arrive. All the invisible sacrifices,” he added, after 54 victories over the German team, captain Manpreet Singh was sitting next to them. “…I know that apart from this country, this group has been waiting for medals for a long time. I know how much hockey means to India, and I am honored to be able to play a role in it.” The Indian team was in the game. With 13 points, Reid said that one of the things he did during his tenure was never to give up hope of a comeback.
“Before the game, I ask the players to make sure that if something happens, take it to a new level. For example, if you feel frustrated, you need to take it to a new level. They did a good job,” Li De explained. .It will never end until it ends. It is always easy to say that you should do this or that, but there are many things that will happen,” he added when asked about the penalty that India admitted when it was only six seconds from the final.
“He has always been one of the iconic figures of this team. We have been working hard to cultivate this team and make sure we can always come back. I think we did it.” Reid praised the senior gatekeeper PR Sreejesh. He was as solid as a rock in the face of relentless German attacks. “There is a guy like Sreejesh who plays well and I’m glad we don’t have to participate in the penalty shootout. He is a strong supporter of Indian hockey. He has done a lot of work in the background to get to where he is now,” he said. The coach also praised the efforts made by the Indian Ministry of Sports and the Sports Bureau.
“The money is there. It’s just a matter of keeping these things going. It used to be national game. Everyone involved in hockey wants to see it come back,” he said. We are committed to our mentality, and I told them we can change the future, and we did it today,” he added.